Beirut welcomes 7 of France’s top Michelin starred chefs for the Hotel Albergo Relais & Châteaux

Under the Patronage of the French Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Denis Pietton, the Hotel Albergo Relais & Chateaux celebrates the 10th anniversary of its “French Gastronomic Week” from October 31st to November 6th, 2011 at the Al Dente restaurant.
Following a successful 10 year track record, the French Gastronomic Week will now become the Festival of French Gastronomy explained Mrs. Jihane Khairallah, General Manager of the Hotel Albergo. The development and growth of the French Gastronomic Week into The Festival of French Gastronomy could not have happened without the support of Libano Française – Finance, Laurent-Perrier, Vintage Wine Cellar, Air France and Middle East Airlines added Mrs. Khairallah.

Mr. Jean Naltchayan, founder of the French Gastronomic Week said that this year the Festival of French Gastronomy coincides with the 1st anniversary of UNESCO declaring French cuisine “World Intangible Heritage”. This international recognition seeks to protect cultural practices in the same way as UNESCO protects sites of cultural value or great natural beauty. French gastronomy has been singled out by UNESCO experts as a “social custom aimed at celebrating the most important moments in the lives of individuals and groups”

The Festival of French Gastronomy program:

Monday 31st October 2011: Chef Jean Jaques Noguier, “La Ferme de L’Hôspital”, Bossey.

Tuesday 1st November 2011: Chef Jean-Pierre Jacob, “Le Bateau Ivre”, Hôtel Ombremont, Le Bourget du Lac.

Wednesday 2nd November 2011: Chef Julien Machet, “Le Farcon”, Courchevel.

Thursday 3rd November 2011: Chef Jean Christophe Lebascle, “Manufacture”, Issy-les-Moulinneaux.

Friday 4th Nobember 2011: Chef Patrice Hardy, “La Truffe Noire”, Neuilly-sur-seine.

Saturday 5th November 2011: Chef Eric Sapet, “La Petite Maison de Cucuron”, Cucuron.

Sunday 6th November 2011: Chef Jacques et Laurent Pourcel, “Le Jardin des Sens“, Montpellier

For further information, contact:

Rhéa Ayoub
Hotel Albergo Relais & Châteaux
Tel: +961 1 33 97

Megan Ballantyne
English International media
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Arabic International and Local media
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